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Langford Garners Duke Offer

images (18)Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski offered 2018 guard Romeo Langford last evening.  Langford is a sleek 6-4, 178 pound wing that plays his high school basketball for New Albany High School which is in New Albany, Indiana.  Despite being in the Hoosiers backyard, Langford liked the Blue Devils growing up.  Langford is very athletic and considered a scorer.  The Blue Devils are actively recruiting wing guards to replace current or expected defections on their roster. Duke Assistant Coach Jon Scheyer is the lead assistant for Langford. Indiana, Louisville, Kansas and Kentucky are among others who have offered the talented Langford.

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Duke questions answered

AMile vs KentuckyWelcome to the very first edition of your Duke Athletic related questions answered.  Each week , we'll take the best questions via our twitter feed or out Facebook Group or Facebook Page.  You can send those in every Monday.

With the departure of Derryck Thorton, does this mean Frank Jackson will get the ball from day one at the point guard spot?

The general consensus out there would be that this indeed happens, but not so fast.  Jackson is an incredibly talented young man with a good handle but his decision-making needs refinement when it comes to dishing the ball.  He was the man at his high school teams level and now must become accustomed to playing with great players at Duke.  What does that mean?  Enter Grayson Allen into the mix.  Allen led the team in assists a season ago and when a player of his stature barrels down the court, he will draw plenty of defenders.  Allen may want to show the NBA types that he can play both guard spots when needed and his game may end up translating best to scouts if this happens.  I think we see both players sharing the duties.

Do you think Duke can go undefeated in the ACC next season?

No.  As talented as they will be, it is asking a lot to do so in what will be the best league in America.  I recently posted an article with the slate as it is to date.  Duke will face all the toughest teams in the league on the road and that includes UNC, Louisville, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Florida State and Notre Dame.  I think fans should be excited for sure but ground their expectations  in reality.

With a loaded roster will Amile Jefferson still be a starter next year?

One of the things one learns about Duke Basketball is that nothing is promised.  That means you have to earn burn on the practice floor. Fans get caught up with starting when they shouldn't.  Coach Krzyzewski has on more than one occasion called his sixth man a starter.  A look at minutes played shows players off the bench can okay more than starters in the past.  Enough about that.  I do think Amile Jefferson, a senior captain, will start.  He was having a phenomenal year before going down to injury and there is no reason for that not to continue.  What Duke lost in his play a season ago will be gained in 2016-17.  There is nothing like a veteran presence on the court and in the locker room to show others the Duke way of doing things.  I'm very excited that Jefferson will be on the roster next season playing a major role.

What are your impressions of Duke Football this coming season?

Well, Spring practice has completed and it did provide some insight. With a much tougher schedule, I think the goal of making a bowl game to be realistic.  Duke, while talented, has some question marks. The offensive line didn't look that good at times and this has been an area of no worry to the point fans have been spoiled.  Duke is seeking play makers on the outside, while developing quarterbacks who have not seen the field a lot in the past.  They are thin in experience at defensive end and must replace a leader in future NFL stat Jeremy Cash.  The positives are that recruiting is going well, the running backs, linebackers and secondary could all be better positions.  I do think fans will have fun in an almost completed Wallace Wade Stadium and that Duke will continue to compete.  The program foundation is on solid ground, but occasionally there has to be a step back in order to move forward. That is called rebuilding.  I would be quite happy with yet another bowl invitation.


Thornton to Transfer from Duke

00892888-a59d-46de-89f5-13a912f6651cDURHAM, N.C. – Freshman guard Derryck Thornton will transfer out of Duke University, school officials announced Sunday. Thornton will depart Duke in good academic standing and is expected to transfer to another Division I institution.

“We wish Derryck the best and appreciate his contributions to our team this season,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “We support his decision and want only what is best for him in the future.”

A native of Chatsworth, Calif., Thornton averaged 7.1 points and 2.6 assists in 36 games for Duke during the 2015-16 season.

“I have loved my time at Duke, but I want to pursue the opportunity to play college basketball closer to home,” Thornton said. “I want to thank my teammates and coaches for their support this year. The relationships I have with them will always be special to me.”

Duke finished the season with a 25-11 record, including an 11-7 mark in the ACC. The Blue Devils made their 21st consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the 25th time in program history.

Grayson Allen will be set to take on the schedule in 2016-17 for Duke.

Grayson Allen Returns

638951ec-af85-4a25-a182-83e09f143959DURHAM, N.C. – Sophomore All-American Grayson Allen will return to Duke University for his junior season in 2016-17, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski announced Wednesday.


In 71 games in a Duke uniform, Allen has averaged 13.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists while shooting 40.3 percent from outside the arc and 83.9 percent from the free throw line. He will enter the 2016-17 campaign just 68 points shy of becoming the 65th 1,000-point scorer in program history.


“I talked with my parents and prayed about this decision, and I had the feeling that it was right,” Allen said. “I love Duke and I’ve made relationships with my teammates that will last forever. Coming back next season to play with them is important to me. Earning a Duke degree has always been a dream of mine, so I’ll also be working to get closer to that goal.”


Named a second-team All-American by The Sporting News, a third-team honoree by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and a John R. Wooden Award All-American following his stellar sophomore season, Allen is one of 31 Duke players to earn All-America honors under Krzyzewski’s tutelage.


A psychology major from Jacksonville, Fla., Allen was also honored as a second-team CoSIDA Academic All-American during the 2015-16 campaign.


He is the sixth Duke student-athlete to earn on-court All-America honors and Academic All-America recognition in the same season, joining Mike Gminski (1978, 1979, 1980), Jim Spanarkel (1978, 1979), Shane Battier (2000, 2001), Mike Dunleavy (2002) and Mason Plumlee (2013) in that exclusive group.


“We are thrilled that Grayson will be back with us next season,” said Krzyzewski. “Following the season, he put a lot of thought into an important decision that will impact the rest of his life. In the end, he chose to remain at Duke, where he will pursue an undergraduate degree and develop even more as a man and basketball player. Grayson’s passion and commitment to our school and his teammates have been very apparent in our discussions with him.


“On the court, Grayson is a warrior, as I’ve said many times,” Krzyzewski continued. “He has untapped potential, both on and off the basketball court. I have loved coaching Grayson and I’m going to love coaching him next season.”


Allen led Duke and ranked fifth among major-conference players in scoring with an average of 21.6 points per game. His +17.2-point scoring improvement from a year ago set a new ACC record for year-to-year scoring increase. He scored in double figures 34 times in 36 games this season, including 19 20-point efforts and four games with more than 30 points.


He finished the season on a streak of 25 consecutive games with double-figure points and was not held to fewer than 15 points in 18 regular-season ACC games this season. Allen’s 779 points in 2015-16 were good for seventh place on Duke’s single-season scoring chart, and his scoring average of 21.6 was the 15th-best in a single season in program history.


With 779 points, Allen turned in the second-highest scoring season by a sophomore in Duke history, trailing only the 841 that Jason Williams scored as a sophomore in 2001.


Allen shot 46.6 percent from the floor, a team-high 41.7 percent from three-point range and 83.7 percent from the free throw line. He averaged 4.6 rebounds to go along with team highs of 3.5 assists and 1.3 steals per contest. He averaged 36.6 minutes per game in 2015-16, playing 1,317 minutes to rank 10th on Duke’s single-season chart.


He ranked second in the ACC in scoring, third in minutes played, fourth in three-point percentage and three-pointers per game (2.50), fifth in free throw percentage, eighth in steals (1.31) and 10th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.76).


Allen was just the ninth Duke player to lead the Blue Devils in both scoring and assists in the same season, as well as just the seventh Duke player to average better than 20 points per game and hand out 100 assists in a season. He averaged 7.0 free throw attempts per game on the season, and his 211 made free throws on the campaign tied for the sixth-most in a single season in Duke history.


Allen was named a first-team All-ACC selection by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA) on March 6, giving Duke a first-team all-league member for the 19th time in the last 20 seasons. The following day, he secured first-team All-ACC and Co-Most Improved Player honors from the league’s coaches.


Allen was named a finalist for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, awarded to the National Player of the Year by the USBWA, as well as the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award. He was recognized as an All-District III performer by the USBWA and an All-District 2 honoree by the NABC.


One of the breakout performers of the 2015 NCAA Tournament, Allen helped lead Duke to its fifth NCAA championship with an average of 12.5 points on 50.0 percent shooting in two Final Four games. He was named to the Final Four All-Tournament Team after scoring 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting in the national championship game against Wisconsin, sparking a Duke rally from a nine-point deficit to its second national title of the decade.


Ingram to Enter NBA Draft

357DURHAM, N.C. – Following an All-America freshman season in which he established himself as a finalist for multiple national awards, Duke’s Brandon Ingram will enter the 2016 NBA Draft. Ingram announced his intentions on Monday morning in a piece published on The Players’ Tribune.

Ingram is the ninth Duke freshman to declare for the NBA Draft, joining Corey Maggette (1999), Luol Deng (2004), Kyrie Irving (2011), Austin Rivers (2012), Jabari Parker (2014), Tyus Jones (2015), Jahlil Okafor (2015) and Justise Winslow (2015). Each of the previous eight was a first-round draft pick, including seven lottery picks.

Five Duke freshmen (Irving, Rivers, Parker, Okafor and Winslow) have been top-10 picks since 2011, giving Duke the second-most top-10 picks nationally in the last five years.

“Brandon Ingram was a special player at Duke this year, and his best basketball is still ahead of him,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “He is a no-maintenance player who loves the game, has a strong desire to get better and competes every time he steps on the floor. Brandon is also a creative and thoughtful young man who comes from a beautiful family. We’re proud that he’ll always be a member of the Duke basketball family as he pursues an exciting future in professional basketball. I have absolutely loved coaching Brandon.”

In addition to earning honorable mention All-America accolades from the AP, Ingram was also recently named the third USBWA Freshman All-American in Duke history, alongside Parker (2014) and Okafor (2015).

A second-team All-ACC selection and the 2016 ACC Freshman of the Year, Ingram averaged 17.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 34.6 minutes per game this season. He shot 44.2 percent from the floor and 41.0 percent from three-point territory.

The Kinston, N.C., native was just the fourth freshman to average at least 15.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game under Krzyzewski, alongside Deng (2004), Okafor (2015) and Parker (2014).

His average of 17.3 points per game this season was the third-highest among major-conference freshmen in 2015-16, trailing only Jamal Murray of Kentucky (20.1) and Ben Simmons of LSU (19.2). He led ACC freshmen in scoring (17.3), rebounds (6.8), three-point field goal percentage (.410) and double-doubles (8), while also ranking second among conference freshmen in blocks (1.4).

With 624 points, Ingram finished the season as the third-highest-scoring freshman in Duke history, while his scoring average of 17.3 per game also tied for third-best by a Duke freshman.

Ingram’s eight double-doubles on the season were the fifth-most by a freshman in Duke history, and his 14 20-point games tied for the second-most ever by a Duke rookie. He had three 20/10 games on the season, and was the lone ACC freshman to record one.

One of the nation’s most versatile players, Ingram was the first freshman and only the second player – along with Shane Battier – in Duke history to make at least 80 three-pointers (80) and block at least 40 shots (49) in the same season. His 80 three-pointers on the season were the second-most by a freshman in Duke history, while his 49 blocks ranked fifth on Duke’s freshman chart.

Ingram’s 1,246 minutes played this season ranked third on Duke’s freshman chart, while his average of 34.6 minutes per game ranked fourth and was the highest by a Duke freshman since Tommy Amaker in 1984 (36.3).

Ingram was named one of five finalists for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award. He was named to the USBWA All-District III and NABC All-District 2 teams, and was one of five finalists for the USBWA’s Wayman Tisdale Award, given annually to the National Freshman of the Year.

Duke has produced at least one first-round NBA Draft pick in each of the last five years. Krzyzewski has mentored 31 first-round picks, including 20 lottery selections – both of which are the most among active coaches. The 2016 NBA Draft will be held on June 23 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.



Coach K Recovering from Surgery

54DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University and United States National Team head coach Mike Krzyzewski underwent successful total knee replacement surgery this morning at Duke University Hospital.

The surgery was performed by Michael P. Bolognesi, M.D., joint replacement orthopaedic surgeon at Duke University Medical Center.

“The technical aspects of the case went as we had hoped, and Coach Krzyzewski is doing well,” Dr. Bolognesi said. “We will try to get him up walking today, as we will let him put as much weight as he tolerates on the implant right away.”

Krzyzewski could be released from the hospital within three days and will begin a rehabilitation program at Duke.

Krzyzewski has won a Division I men’s basketball record 1,043 games in 41 seasons as a college head coach, owning a 1,043-320 overall record and a 970-262 mark in 36 seasons at Duke. He has led Duke to five NCAA championships (1991, 1992, 2001, 2010, 2015), the second-most national titles by a coach in NCAA history.

Krzyzewski has guided the United States National Team to a 75-1 record, including an active 63-game winning streak, and six total medals (five gold) since assuming the position of head coach in 2006. He is a seven-time USA Basketball National Coach of the Year and will lead the team into a third Olympic Games this summer in Rio de Janeiro.

Krzyzewski was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001.